Panther Men Race to Third, Women Fourth at NESCAC Championships

Talia Ruxin raced to 11th place on Saturday.
Talia Ruxin raced to 11th place on Saturday.

The Middlebury men's cross country team finished third overall at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday, while the women were fourth in races hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School. The Panthers return to action on November 16 at the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin.

The 18th-ranked Panther women scored 125 points to finish fourth in the 11-team race. Fourth-ranked Williams won the team title with 58 points, followed by No. 6 Tufts (90) and 16th-ranked Bates (110).

Meg Wilson led the Panther women to the line, finishing 10th overall out of 146 runners with a time of 22:46.8. Talia Ruxin was right behind in 11th place during the 6K race, stopping the clock in 22:47.1. Cassie Kearney placed 25th (23:29.1), while Chloe Smith was 35th with a time of 23:43.1. Rounding out the team's five scorers was Erica Dean, who came in 48th (23:53.4). Sophia Gorman of Colby claimed top individuals honors with a time of 21:40.2.

The 25th-ranked men turned in a third-place effort with 107 points, just 10 behind Amherst with 97 and second-ranked Williams, who won the 11-team championship with 22 points.

The Panther men were paced by Theo Henderson, who finished as the runner-up out of 145 runners in the 8K event with a time of 25:41.8. Crossing the line behind Henderson for Middlebury was Henry Fleming in 10th place (26:00.7), while Quinlan McGaugh finished 23rd with a time of 26:30.2. Connor Montgomery placed 32nd overall at the race in 26:44.7, while Graham Rainsby completed the Panther scorers with a 47th-place effort of 27:03.7. Williams' Aidan Ryan earned the conference individual crown with a winning time of 25:27.3.